Latest Neuroplasticity Stories
Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (http://www.ohsu.edu) have discovered that a molecule critical to the development and plasticity of nerve cells – brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) -- is severely lacking in brainstem neurons in mutations leading to Rett syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder.
A key feature of human and animal brains is that they are adaptive; they are able to change their structure and function based on input from the environment and on the potential associations, or consequences, of that input.
Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that a chemical compound in the brain can weaken the synaptic connections between neurons in a region of the brain important for the formation of long-term memories.
Neuroimaging has provided fascinating insight into the dynamic nature of human brain maturation.
Drugs that affect the levels of an important brain protein involved in learning and memory reverse cellular changes in the brain seen during aging.
Like a gardener who stakes some plants and weeds out others, the brain is constantly building networks of synapses, while pruning out redundant or unneeded synapses.
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